October 21–23, 2012
Le Poisson Rouge / 158 Bleecker Street NYC


Music for Voice

Cycles, Mashups, and Machinic Rhapsodies

David Babin / BabX, Piano
Kiera Duffy, Soprano
Kate Lindsey, Mezzo-Soprano
Andrew Cyr, Artistic Director / Conductor
Kristin Lee, Violin / Concertmaster
Emily Smith, Violin
Ashley Bathgate, Cello
Doug Balliett, Contrabass
Philip Kramp, Viola
Lance Suzuki, Flute
Carlos Cordeiro, Clarinet
Brad Balliett, Bassoon
Danielle Rose Kuhlmann, Horn
David Kaplan, Piano
Britton Matthews, Percussion


On the Program

David Babin: Why Birds
World premiere — Metropolis Ensemble commission. Singer-songwriter David Babin and BabX (with Metropolis Ensemble) perform their new pocket opera arranged by Clovis Labarrière about the life of scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla.

Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été
World premiere — Metropolis Ensemble commission. An hommage to Berlioz, composers Vivian Fung, Ryan Francis, Brad Balliett, Sayo Kosugi, Nicholas Britell, and Caroline Shaw remix, mash-up, and re-orchestrate the pioneering song cycle for orchestra and voice for soprano Kiera Duffy.

Mohammed Fairouz: Audenesque
World premiere — Commission by ROKI for Kate Lindsey and Metropolis Ensemble. A new song cycle for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, featuring Kate Lindsey, Audenesque sets elegiac poems by W.H. Auden and Seamus Heaney.


About the Concert

Join Metropolis Ensemble's celebration of song and contemporary lyricism in a concert featuring three extraordinary talents from a new generation of star singers: Kate Lindsey, Kiera Duffy, and David Babin (along with members of his celebrated band from Paris, BabX). Music for Voice will be an unforgettable evening of kaleidoscopic textures, soaring melody, and elegiac poetry, including a world premiere by Mohammed Fairouz, and a re-imagining of Berlioz's Les Nuits d'Été.

Generous support for Music for Voice has been provided by The June K Wu Artist Fund, Meet the Composer, NYSCA, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.